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Guelph Mercury, 16 Jul 2014 - A bookie would have given long odds to anyone seeking a wager in August 2010 that Rade Kovacevic would in a short time be a darling of the local business community and a key player in a burgeoning research-linked firm spotlighted for its innovation. After all, in August 2010, Kovacevic was a principal in a local cannabis club that had just been raided by the Guelph Police Service, and he and other stakeholders with the organization were facing multiple charges. He and the others charged vigorously asserted their innocence, claimed that the investigation against them was improper and vowed that they would not be found guilty. But isn't that the usual line from suspects - particularly ones with a somewhat prominent profile in the community?
Albuquerque Journal, 16 Jul 2014 - SANTA FE - Supporters of decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana brought petitions with the signatures of more than 7,000 people to Santa Fe City Hall on Tuesday, in an effort to get a proposal on the November general election ballot. Over the next 10 days, City Clerk Yolanda Vigil will verify whether there are enough valid signatures of registered voters - 5,763 are required - to call an election among city voters on the measure. The proposal would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of $25 or less.
New York Times, 16 Jul 2014 - Kenneth Thompson, the Brooklyn district attorney, served both justice and common sense this week when he announced that he would no longer prosecute most cases in which people are arrested or ticketed for small amounts of marijuana. Such cases are usually dismissed. But by keeping thousands of them from going to court at all, Mr. Thompson will have more resources to devote to fighting serious crime. The new policy will also prevent the young minority men who are most of those arrested from getting criminal records that deny them jobs, housing or entry into armed services. New York has been wrestling with the marijuana enforcement problem for several decades. In 1977, for example, the State Legislature sought to cut down on arrests and relieve pressure on the court system by decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. The law made possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana a noncriminal violation akin to a parking ticket, punishable by a $100 fine for the first offense. Possession of marijuana in public view was made a misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine.
Detroit Free Press, 14 Jul 2014 - LANSING -- The Legislature has a few session days scheduled through July and August that traditionally have been used to introduce bills and not much more. Roll call generally isn't taken and neither are any votes. But this year, that might change.
The Durango Herald, 13 Jul 2014 - Trade Group Claims 10,000 Employed by Legalizing DENVER - Colorado continues to work with the cannabis industry to make sure rules and safety guidelines are in place, six months after the implementation of legal marijuana.
Los Angeles Times, 15 Jul 2014 - City Attorney to Request a Temporary Restraining Order Against Boyle Heights Marijuana Sellers. The Los Angeles city attorney is seeking an injunction to stop what's being dubbed as the city's first ever cannabis-centric farmers market, which opened for business over the Fourth of July weekend.
Record Searchlight, 13 Jul 2014 - ONO - A pot grower started the Bully Fire when his rental truck, filled with supplies for his 180-plant garden, ignited high grasses, Cal Fire agents said Saturday. Freddie Alexander Smoke III, 27, of Sacramento, was arrested Friday evening following the fire's explosive growth across Platina Road west of Ono, said Cheryl Buliavac, with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
New York Times, 11 Jul 2014 - EAST HAZEL CREST, Ill. - On its surface, the Affordable Care Act seems like a boon for addiction treatment centers like the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, housed in a no-frills former hotel outside Chicago. The law allowed states to expand Medicaid to many more low-income people, meaning that drug addicts and alcoholics who were previously ineligible could now receive coverage for substance abuse treatment, which the law has deemed an "essential health benefit."
Mission City Record, 11 Jul 2014 - Drug users shouldn't be given clean needles. It only encourages them, you see. It's that kind of misguided, short-sighted thinking that leads to bans on needle exchanges and other harm reduction measures in communities.
The Daily Courier, 13 Jul 2014 - Washington state's legal marijuana rollout is showing the world how pot legalization can be done. If and when legal marijuana comes to this side of the border, B.C. can learn from Washington's experience.
Independent, 13 Jul 2014 - Luckily, most of us don't do drugs. Unfortunately this makes us think that drug legislation has nothing to do with us. As a result very few seem to be concerned with what is being proposed in the new Drug Law reform. The truth is however, that we should all be very concerned about drug-related laws because somehow or another they will, and do, affect all of us - from users, to family members, from the state of our health systems, to the state of our justice system, from higher taxes to higher insurance premiums as a result of drug-related crimes; like it or not, in one way or another, we're all affected. I'm certainly not an expert in the field and my opinion is usually based on that of real experts, like Caritas. Let's face it they work with drug users and abusers every single day and they face drug problems all the time, so compared to my little exposure in all this, their opinion should be taken by far more seriously. Having said that, it doesn't take an expert to realise that Malta's drug laws are among the harshest in Europe - some drug related crimes carry life sentences and the law makes no distinction between hard and soft drugs. So yes, even a non-expert like me can see that a change is definitely necessary; the question is 'what sort of change?'
Los Angeles Times, 13 Jul 2014 - Brian Reichle couldn't have gotten a pepperoni pizza much faster. Needing to replenish his stash of pot one recent afternoon, the Burbank resident dialed Speed Weed. Within the hour, a driver arrived with a white paper bag carrying a gram of cannabis, 10 joints and a handful of potinfused candies and cookies.
Los Angeles Times, 13 Jul 2014 - SEATTLE - Alison Holcomb, criminal justice director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state, is known in these parts as the mother of marijuana legalization. She drafted Initiative 502, which voters passed overwhelmingly in 2012; the measure struck down prohibitions on recreational pot use and led to the creation of Washington's marijuana market. On Tuesday, she helped inaugurate Seattle's first legal pot retailer, buying 4 grams at Cannabis City in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood after giving a rousing speech about the evils of prohibition and the benefits of decriminalization:
Los Angeles Times, 13 Jul 2014 - Daniel Chong Was Forgotten in a Cell for Five Days Without Food or Water. SAN DIEGO - Two years after law-enforcement negligence almost killed him, Daniel Chong said he is living "a pretty quiet life" and remains appreciative for being "alive and well."
The Georgia Straight, 10 Jul 2014 - THE VANCOUVER POLICE Department wants you to know that it is not cracking down on marijuana. Chief Const. Jim Chu made a notable point of stressing that message in the VPD's annual report for 2013.
Pottstown Mercury, 10 Jul 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Colorado is smoking pot by the ton, and visitors are, too. Colorado's pot regulators issued what is believed to be the world's first post-legalization market study for the weed on Wednesday. The study relied on sales data from Colorado's first three months of recreational marijuana sales, while previous pot market studies relied on survey responses because the drug is illegal.
The Voice, 11 Jul 2014 - The Macomb Township Board of Trustees recently adopted a resolution opposing the legalization of marijuana for general use in Macomb County communities. At the July 9 township board meeting, Supervisor Janet Dunn said that the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families requested that the board adopt the resolution.
Seattle Times, 10 Jul 2014 - Tight Supply Can't Meet Demand Hopeful marijuana buyers started lining up outside Freedom Market in Kelso around noon Tuesday, the time the shop planned its grand opening. But by late evening, not a single gram had been sold.
North Kitsap Herald, 11 Jul 2014 - Prohibition didn't work, or so lawmakers learned more than 80 years ago. But the parallels between America's experiment with the Eighteenth Amendment and the legal sale of marijuana likely end there. On July 8, Washington got into the weeds (pun intended). For some in law enforcement, jaded by trivial marijuana busts, it's a long-time coming. Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, an advisory board member of the organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, issued a sanguine prediction: "Washingtonians know that, as in Colorado, governments both foreign and domestic will be watching to see how legalization progresses in the state," he said. "And I imagine that, as in Colorado, lower crime rates, increased tax revenue, thousands of new jobs and continuing public support will indicate legalizing and regulating marijuana is one of the simplest ways to improve not just our criminal justice system, but our state governments generally."
Seattle Times, 12 Jul 2014 - Seattle's City Attorney Apologizes for Taking Pot to Work. His Case Highlights Questions Facing Employers and Workers. On Tuesday, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes made a spectacle of being among the first to buy pot from Cannabis City, Seattle's inaugural retail marijuana shop. He bought two 2-gram bags of OG's Pearl that day: one for posterity, he said, the other for "personal enjoyment when it's appropriate."